A collection of inspirational basketball quotes listed alphabetically by the person quoted. Aaron, Hank “In playing ball, and in life, a person occasionally gets the opportunity to do something great. Allen, George “People of mediocre ability sometimes achieve outstanding success because they don’t know when to quit. Allen, James “People are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves.
Bennett, Dick “I concluded some time ago that a major part of success of a team, or of an individual, has a great deal to do with the intangible qualities possessed.
Buffett, Warren “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. Bush, Barbara “If human beings are perceived as potentials rather than problems, as possessing strengths instead of weaknesses, as unlimited rather that dull and unresponsive, then they thrive and grow to their capabilities. Carnegie, Andrew “Do not think a man has done his full duty when he has performed the work assigned him. Cooper, David “The pro is the person who has all the hassles, obstacles, and disappointing frustrations that everyone else has. Covey, Stephen “Effective leadership is the only competitive advantage that will endure. Foster, Bill “Negative thoughts are contagious and they get passed around like a disease.
Harrell, Keith “Whether you realize it or not, you are a role model for the people in your life.
Havlicek, John “If you are honest with yourself and can look into a mirror and believe that you have given 100 percent, you should feel proud. Jenner, Bruce “I learned that the only way you are going to get anywhere in life is to work hard at it.
Mandino, Og “I will waste not even a precious second today in anger or hate or jealousy or selfishness. Norris, Kathleen “Before you begin a thing remind yourself that difficulties and delays quite impossible to foresee are ahead. Owens, Jesse “Friendships born on the field of athletic strife are the real gold of competition. Palmer, Arnold “I’ve always made a total effort, even when the odds seemed entirely against me.

Price, Mark “Due to my size limitation, when I came into the NBA other players tried to test me right away.
Rhee, Jhoon “Discipline is the habit of taking consistent action until one can perform with unconscious competence. Riis, Jacob “When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it.
Riley, Pat “The true warrior understands and seizes that moment by giving an effort so intense and so intuitive that it could only be called one from the heart.
Schweitzer, Albert “At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Staubach, Roger “Nothing good comes in life or athletics unless a lot of hard work has preceded the effort.
Thomas, Kurt “I feel that the most important step in any major accomplishment is setting a specific goal. Walton, Bill “At 49, I can say something I never would have said when I was a player. Ward, William Arthur “Greatness is not found in possessions, power, position, or prestige. Four of Woodena€™s teams finished with 30-0 records, including his first championship team, which featured no starters taller than 6 feet 5 inches.
Three of his other championship teams were anchored by the 7-foot-2 center Lew Alcindor, who later changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. A dynasty like Woodena€™s would be almost impossible now, because the best players seldom spend more than a year or two in college before turning professional. NOTE: My spam filter automatically deletes any TrackBacks that do not actually link and refer to this post. Here is a list of some of John Wooden's greatest quotes ever!The life lessons taught by John Wooden have become legend.
If you’re qualified, all it takes is a burning desire to accomplish, to make a change.
What is the distance between someone who achieves their goals consistently and those who spend their lives and careers merely following?
I didn’t have full control, but I got so I could move the ball back and forth from one hand to the other without breaking the cadence of my dribble.
Whether you’re a musician, a writer, an athlete or a businessman, there is no getting around it.

I knew all along deep down inside that I could do it, that I was good even though hardly anyone seemed to agree with me.
Seek to make the most of that opportunity by pushing yourself to the limit of your abilities. I know that the seeds I sow I will harvest, because every action, good or bad, is always followed by an equal reaction. But once they saw I wasn’t going to be tentative or intimidated, most of that stuff stopped. It’s not what happens to us, it is what we choose to do about what happens that makes the difference in how our lives turn out.
Different people show it in different ways, but it does not take long to surface and it is easily recognizable. By that I mean knowing inwardly that you are good, and not exhibiting a boastful attitude outwardly. A slight man hugely popular for his winning record and his understated approach, he ultimately became viewed as a kind of sage for both basketball and life, a symbol of both excellence and simpler times. Lines of well-wishers and autograph-seekers often snaked their way to his seat in Section 103B.
When he won his first two national championships, landed Alcindor and moved home games to the new Pauley Pavilion, high school stars begged to play for him. Those doing it manually should ensure they have linked the post before sending the TrackBack ping.
After each one was overcome, I became stronger and more able to meet those that were still to come. Wooden always obliged his fans, until the university and his family requested that he be granted privacy in January 2008, when he was 97.
Besides Abdul-Jabbar and Walton, Wooden turned out celebrated players like Gail Goodrich, Walt Hazzard, Keith Erickson, Henry Bibby, Lucius Allen, Sidney Wicks, Jamaal Wilkes and Marques Johnson.

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